Venue Rentals

The number one venue choice for those who love Nature.

The Bateman Foundation Gallery of Nature (formerly the Robert Bateman Centre) is located in the historic Steamship Terminal; a landmark building constructed in 1924 on Victoria’s beautiful Inner Harbour. The Gallery is across the street from the BC Parliament Buildings and within walking distance of Victoria’s downtown core. The space is made up of one central gallery (61’ x 17’) with eight smaller adjoining galleries.

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Frequently Asked Questions
  • Morning functions between 6:00 am – 9:30 am.
  • Evening functions between 5:00 pm – 12:00 am.
  • Mid-day functions (or Roost rentals) between 9:00 am – 9:00 pm
  • For morning functions the gallery rents for $350 flat rate between 6 am – 9:30 am.
  • For evening functions the gallery rents for $250/hr with a minimum of 2hrs.
  • The Roost, our library and lounge, can be rented during regular operating hours (10 am-5 pm) for $50/hr, or outside of operating hours for $75/hr.

All rental fees include an Event Assistant required to be onsite during your event.

The gallery requires 25% of the final cost for all rentals. To reserve a date please use our online booking system, or contact the Gallery Manager at

A rental may only be cancelled by notice in writing to the Bateman Foundation.
Where written notice of cancellation is received:

  • a cancellation fee of 25% will be levied for rentals cancelled more than two weeks to the function date;
  • less than one weeks but more than 24 hours prior to the function, the cancellation fee is 50% of the fee;
  • less than 24 hours before the function, the cancellation fee is equal to the fees and no refund will be given.

Your chosen caterer can coordinate a liquor license on your behalf and provide full bar service for your event. Individuals who wish to bring their own liquor will need to obtain approval from the Bateman Foundation. Approval is granted on a case-by-case basis depending on the nature of your event. Individuals who are granted permission will need to obtain a Special Event Permit (SEP). The gallery has a strict no red wine or sauce policy.

Fees do not include food, beverage, linens, glasses, cutlery, servers, music or equipment rentals. Catering, including food, bar service, tables, linens, cutlery, china and glasses, decor, music, and waste removal are the renters responsibility and the caterers. All items must be removed from the gallery immediately following the function.

Yes, a drop-off zone exists on Belleville Street directly in front of our West Entrance. From there the gallery can be accessed by the elevator.

Yes, there is plenty of 1.5 hour street parking available on Belleville Street and after 6:00 pm street parking is free.

Yes, however without flash photography.

Please download the Bateman Foundation’s Rental Agreement for full details.

Rental Rates
Evening5pm – 12am$250/hr*
Morning6am – 9:30am$350
Mid-day / Roost10am – 5pm$50/hr or $75/hr outside of operating hours

*minimum two hour rental


The capacity of the venue will depend on set-up requirements. General guidelines are as follows:

Stand-up Reception 100 people maximum
Theatre Style 75 people maximum
Dinner 60 people maximum
Roost Rental 10 people maximum


  • Fee includes gallery admission for all guests.
  • Please note that the earliest set-up can begin is 4:30pm
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